Like I said, it wasn't till ms pacman came out people found it could be better, that said, average people, especially people with pacman fever didn't magically start hating it. It didn't start "sucking" till the internet era.
Not true. I knew the 2600 could do better as soon as I saw it. Even little things like getting the colors better, removing the eye that didn't belong, make the pacman shape rounder would help a lot, and require no extra memory.
Proof? Pacman-sold. Nuff said.
I guess people should have watched the "Let's Plays" on YouTube before running out to buy it day one. Oh wait..
Oh, and the fact is, the ghosts are, in fact, different colors. So the board is blue, so is ms pacman
It may be, but the maze color choices in Ms Pac aren't as obnoxious as Pac Man's. I think you could change 2600 MsPac to be more arcade-like, but the most important thing was that it didn't insult us with its design choices. It got more "little things" right than it did wrong.
I just played asteroids on my FB portable and it still holds up. I didnt appreciate how hard it would be to have so many moving items on the screen at the same time back then. There is ZERO flicker. Meanwhile, the Pac Man ghosts flicker so much they are almost invisible.
I dont know how they did it.
There are 3 types of graphics on the 2600, playfield, player (sprite) and missile (mini sprite). There's a very limited number of players and missiles you can put on screen (I think 2 players). Flicker mostly happens when you try to make it appear that there are more players than there actually are on a single line.
Asteroids probably uses one player for your ship, one player for the UFOs, missiles for the missles, and playfield graphics for the asteroids. That just happens to work out for this game.
$37.95??? I paid $37.95 for this turd? (I pre-ordered and paid full price, so if that was the price, that is what I paid.) Do you know how many frickin newspapers I had to deliver to pay for this crap fest. I was seriously pissed when I got that sucker home and plugged it in.
Wow. I dont think I realized how much resentment I still had from this event...
I'm sure you'll feel better knowing that $38 in 1982 is almost $97 in todays money
I wonder what I would've thought of VCS Pac-Man if I'd played it when I was younger. I never played it, but I played the Coleco tabletop version quite a bit. It wasn't as good as the "real" (arcade) game, but I liked it fine.
In that case we knew how limited LED games were, so we couldn't expect much more, but at least Coleco got the original artwork and actually made it actually look like a mini version of the arcade machine. Atari didn't even use the original artwork, which made it feel even more alien. To be fair though, at the time, Atari did their own artwork for everything, and a lot of it is now iconic.